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Housing and disabled parents

Author:
WATES Michele
Journal article citation:
Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International, Summer 2005, pp.8-11.
Publisher:
National Centre for Disabled Parents

Many disabled parents face daily difficulties in meeting their child's needs because they live in housing that is not suitable to their needs. This article briefly highlights recent research and also provides personal accounts by disabled parents which underline the problems they face. The article also includes a selection of relevant organisations and resources.

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Make it mainstream

Author:
WATES Michele
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 25.9.03, 2003, pp.40-41.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on a study which highlights how disabled parents want more access to formal support and services. The Disabled Parents Network surveyed existing groups and networks supporting parents with chronic illness, physical and sensory impairments, those with learning difficulties or with mental health needs. The consultation included 120 returned questionnaires, nine focus group meetings and informal interviews. Over 150 disabled parents were involved. The research highlighted the need for a more coordinated approach to provide holistic provision for families.

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Disabled parents: examining research assumptions

Authors:
OLSEN Richard, WATES Michele
Publisher:
Research in Practice
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
70p.,bibliog
Place of publication:
Dartington

This review identifies and reviews the existing research on disabled parents and 'young carers' outlining three perspectives: personal, ecological, and organisational. It addresses new directions that could be taken in terms of good and supportive practice. It places this within the legislative, policy and practice context. review. Although it is crucial to the welfare of children that all parents are well supported, much evidence has emerged over the past decade pointing to the fact that it is very hard for parents with chronic illnesses, physical and/or sensory impairments, Deaf parents, those with learning difficulties, those with particular mental health needs and those with drug or alcohol related issues, to access information, resources and support to help them fulfil their parenting responsibilities. This has had serious implications for the welfare of large numbers of families. These groups of parents are collectively described in this review as disabled parents.

Book

Bigger than the sky: disabled women on parenting

Editors:
WATES Michele, JADE Rowen
Publisher:
Women's Press
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
202p.
Place of publication:
London

This anthology challenges rigid, limiting views of what it means to be a disabled woman, and of what a parent is and does. Disabled women describe having to fight for the right to become pregnant, the pleasure of teaching children the benefits of having a "different" mother; and the delight of involving themselves in a child's life. Whether it be a birth mother, an adoptive parent, a godparent, a friend, or a woman who has made a positive choice not to become a parent, these disabled women are asserting their right to explore the diversity of experience.

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Supporting disabled adults in their parenting role

Author:
WATES Michele
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation,|York Publishing Services
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
92p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
York

The Social Services inspectorate report "A jigsaw of services" made the point that the parenting support needs of disabled adults frequently fall between adult community care provision and children's services. Michele Wates carried out a survey to find out whether social services departments have policies/protocols in relation to providing services to parents with physical and sensory impairments and/or learning difficulties and, if so, how effective these are likely to be in meeting the needs of families. An analysis of the responses from 125 social services departments and of 31 policies/protocols provides the basis for these findings.

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Mind the gap: a case study for changing organisational responses to disabled parents and their families using evidence based practice

Authors:
CRAWSHAW Marilyn, WATES Michele
Journal article citation:
Research Policy and Planning, 23(2), 2005, pp.111-122.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

This case study describes work carried out by Making Research Count (University of York) project with social services and health agencies to help them develop services for disabled parents. The structure combined the presentation of relevant research findings over one day with follow up consultation and an additional day's structured input after eight weeks to develop goal-focussed implementation strategies. Adult learning theory, systematic organisational theory and practice around management of change and the system for Analysing Verbal Interaction were used. The evaluation suggested that it achieved some success in facilitating research informed implementation strategies. A typology for measuring change is suggested.

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It shouldn't be down to luck: results of a DPN consultation with disabled parents on access to information and services to support parenting

Author:
WATES Michele
Publisher:
Disabled Parents Network
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
70p.
Place of publication:
London

Whilst it is crucial to the welfare of children that all parents are well supported, there has been much evidence over the past decade pointing to the fact that it is very hard for parents with chronic illnesses, physical and/or sensory impairments, Deaf parents, those with learning difficulties and those with particular mental health needs to access information, resources and support to help them fulfil their parenting responsibilities. The aim was to identify useful sources of information and support and at the same time to find out whether there were particular points at which parents had experienced difficulty or were not happy with what was available. The aim was also to check out whether what the SSI said in respect of social services departments applies across other agencies and the voluntary sector.

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Disability and adoption: how unexamined attitudes discriminate against disabled people as parents

Author:
WATES Michele
Journal article citation:
Adoption and Fostering, 26(2), Summer 2002, pp.49-56.
Publisher:
British Association for Adoption and Fostering

For many years the author has been involved in developing peer support and a campaigning network of disabled parents in the UK. While disabled children and adoption have been the focus of some debate, the issue of adoption has received far too little attention in relation to disabled adults. This article seeks to redress the balance by looking first at how children with disabled parents are over-represented in the looked after system. The author goes on to discuss the ways in which disabled people are overlooked as potential.

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